D.C.’s Creative Economy Gets the Spotlight

D.C.’s arts and cultural scene will receive a major push from multiple government agencies.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Tuesday, Aug. 23 the inaugural “202Creates,” a citywide effort launching in September to showcase and promote the artists, makers and entrepreneurs who contribute to the District’s thriving creative industries.

“We are showcasing that the nation’s capital is also the capital of creativity,” Bowser said. “Every corner of our city hosts a diversity of creative industries that employ District residents and improve our quality of life.”

The effort will be led by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, aiming to engage residents throughout the month with events and activities in all eight wards.

The events will feature conversations with innovators, residents, and businesses.

Also, during 202Creates, the District will launch the Creative Economy Career Access Program, an on-the-job training program for residents seeking a sustainable career in the creative economy.

The city claims nearly 60 percent of D.C. workers are employed in the creative class, which makes focusing on the creative economy, including jobs/workforce training and STEM/STEAM education a key priority for the Bowser administration.

The inaugural 202 Arts & Music Festival will be held at Canal Park in Southeast on Saturday, Sept. 10 featuring art exhibitions, interactive workshops and a outdoor dance party.

“These are the people that day in and day out contribute to the heartbeat of our creative economy and help to define who we are as a city,” Bowser said. “With 202Creates, we are celebrating the creative contributions of our residents.”


Pink Cycle: Life of a fly
Presenting a series of house fly drawings, which includes Carolina Mayorga’s largest drawing to date, a 10ft x 12ft site-specific pink fly.
Thursday, Sept. 1
Noon – 4 p.m.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Labor Day Weekend Music Festival
Three nights of music, featuring jazz, blues, rock, funk, go-go, Americana and more.
Saturday, Sept. 3
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Community Collective Photography Showcase
The communities, comprised of A Creative DC, Exposed DC, DC Focused, IGDC and StreetMeet DC, join forces for a stellar showcase of unique local photographs. It opens Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 2.
Thursday, Sept. 8
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

DC Shorts Film Festival
The 2016 DC Shorts Film Festival showcases one of the largest collections of short films in the USA. Out of over 1,300 entries from around the globe, programmers have selected 131 unique films that reflect the 33 nations they represent.
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m – Sunday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NE
Washington, DC 20004

Tech Noir Innovator’s Classic
Tech Noir is a membership-based community that believes in the limitless power Black ideas have to change the world.
Thursday, Sept. 15
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Ivy City Smokehouse
1356 Okie Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, Snallygaster returns to D.C. for its fifth year as a rollicking salute to craft beer.
Saturday, Sept. 17
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Yards
Half Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Fiesta DC
To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, Fiesta DC returns with its normal fare of the Parade of Nations, which routinely brings over 200,000 people in attendance.
Saturday, Sept. 17
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
650-672 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

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Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at E-mail: Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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